Unidentified plant with seeds at Holehird, Cumbria

MelenMelen Posts: 19

While walking around Holehird Gardens on Sunday I came across these two humongous plants, with humongous seeds. Now, one of the many things I love about Holehird is that every plant is labeled and really clearly labeled, everything apart from these (as far as I could see). image

Does anyone have any idea what they are? They were in an area that was mainly planted with Primulas...

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 I'd love to know what they are, as they just look so exotic and alien.

*edited to add, the label that you can see says 'Primula poissonii' and I definitely don't think it's one of those.

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  • How tall was it?
  • MelenMelen Posts: 19

    I estimate it to have been between 7 and 8 feet tall (between 2 and 2.5 metres). Though that is a rough estimation... image

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,831

    It does look very similar to Cardiocrinum giganteum to me.

  • I'm with you Berghill, that's why I wanted to confirm the height. Saw some at Dunham Massey earlier in the year. Spectacular when in flower (every 14 years?).

  • By the way, Holehird is a great garden, lovely in the spring, but I ha heir driveway!

  • MelenMelen Posts: 19

    I've just google Cardiocrinum giganteum and it makes me wish I'd visited earlier in the year! Thank you both for your help. image

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,831

    14 years is stretching it a bit, they take about 7 years from seed and once they are established, the offsets will flower once the main bulb has finished, so giving a continuous display.

    For me the ones at Dunham Massey were covered in Lily beetles and very badly damaged. Mind that was a couple of years ago, so they may have managed to keep the plants clean since then. Hope so.

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